Mary McCarthy and Caroline Worley teamed up last year to launch the non-profit Women's Small Business Accelerator in Westerville with a mission to help female entrepreneurs build strong businesses.

This Wednesday, the WSBA celebrates one year in business with a gala celebration and the graduation of the incubator's first class of women business owners.

Sponsorships and tickets are still available for the dinner and networking event, to be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m Oct. 9 at the Boathouse at Confluence Park.

Peter Shankman, author ofNice Companies Finish Firstwill deliver the keynote.

(From left: Mary McCarthy and Caroline Worley at the WSBA in Westerville. Photo via